Accident description
Last updated: 30 October 2014
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 8 February 1977
Time:14:13
Type:Curtiss C-46D-5-CU Commando
Operator:Aerolineas Argo
Registration: HI-208
C/n / msn: 30685
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off San Juan (   Puerto Rico)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:San Juan-Isla Grande Airport (SIG/TJIG), Puerto Rico
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The propeller couldn't be feathered following an engine failure. The aircraft lost speed and altitude and had to be ditched before it could reach the airport.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - attempted operation w/known deficiencies in equipment
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: inadequate maintenance and inspection
powerplant - ignition system: ignition harness,shielding
powerplant - propeller and accessories: hydraulic pitch control mechanism
pilot in command - failed to follow approved procedures,directives,etc.
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improper emergency procedures
FACTORS:
systems - electrical system: generators/alternators
systems - electrical system: batteries
complete power loss - complete engine failure/flameout-1 engine
emergency circumstances - forced landing off airport on water

Classification:
Ditching

Sources:
» NTSB


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